Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Merendon Junkie
    Reputation: abelfonseca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    503

    Component Life span

    So, what is your take on the typical lifespan of components and consumables. From my experience, both practical and forumetical I have come to the following guestimates. I assume mid-high end tier components like shimano slx and 2000 kms/year xc/trail riding. Failure mode on the right (FM)

    Brake pads: 3 months FM: pad material wear
    Chain: 1 year FM: elongation due to bushing wear
    Tires: 6 months rear 1 year front FM: Thread wear
    Cables and housings: 2 years FM: cable rust and stretch, housing gunk and wear
    Cassette: 2 years FM: cog wear
    Bottom bracket: 3 years* FM: bearing wear and/or damaged races
    Crankset: 4 years* FM:chainring tooth wear
    Headset: 4 years** FM: bearing wear and/or damaged races
    Derailleurs: 4 years* FM: bearing and pulley wear
    seat: 4 years* FM: hide wear and tear
    Handle bar: 5 years* FM: breakage due to metal fatigue
    Brakes: 7 years** FM: bores, pistons and cilinder wear and ovalization.
    Pedals (shimano spd): 8* years FM: bearing wear and/or damaged races
    Fork: 8 years* FM: bushing and stanchion wear.
    stem: 10 years FM: breakage due to metal fatigue
    Frame:
    Alu: 10 years* FM: breakage due to metal fatigue
    Carbon: 10 years* FM: breakage due to delamination and fatigue
    Steel: 100 years FM: rust
    Titanium: 1000 years FM: fatigue failure
    Shifters: infinite lifespan/age of the universe, those things never seem to fail.
    notes:
    * number was somewhat pulled out of my a$$
    ** number pulled totally out of my a$$

    So, what would be your estimates for some of these based on your experience?

    Cheers
    Last edited by abelfonseca; 07-04-2014 at 03:01 PM.

  2. #2
    High Desert MTBer
    Reputation: rockerc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    4,872
    'Guestimate' (sic) has 2 's's... I think you need to ride harder too!
    It's all Here. Now.

  3. #3
    Sweat is just fat crying.
    Reputation: Finch Platte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    9,968
    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    'Guestimate' (sic) has 2 's's... I think you need to ride harder too!
    I'd like to know what 'forumetical' means, myself.
    Mountain Biking Is Not A Crime stickers, free! (You pay postage. PM me for details.)

  4. #4
    Merendon Junkie
    Reputation: abelfonseca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    503
    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I'd like to know what 'forumetical' means, myself.
    Estimates from spending too much time of this forum for my own good.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,875
    Guesstimate on my Chris King headset is 24 years plus.

  6. #6
    > /dev/null 2&>1
    Reputation: Procter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    1,751

    Re: Component Life span

    It's a good topic. Lifespans should really be represented in terms of hours or miles. Actual Lifespans will vary dramatically depending on use. Cogs depending on chain replacement frequency and diversity of gear use. Chains depending on how frequently they are cleaned and lubed, and conditions (dusty / dry / sandy / etc). Forks depending on maintenance frequency. Brakes can last indefinitely if you have the parts (piston seals, master cylinder seals, etc.).

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: crossracer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    415

    Component Life span

    Yea, it all depends on how you ride, when you ride (weather, time of year) and where you ride ( guy in Colorado is way harder on brakes then me in delaware)

    My bike is approaching 10 years old. Aside from shock overhauls and a 1x10 drive train upgrade. She is basically stock.

    But I ride easy, in only nice weather, and at a relaxed pace .

    Bill


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalksdazxvy

  8. #8
    gobsmacked Moderator
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    7,516

    Component Life span

    Quote Originally Posted by abelfonseca View Post
    Estimates from spending too much time of this forum for my own good.

    Heh!

    Depends on quality of said components as well as whether the moon is in retrograde and how close you are to sea level. Insert in formula to get a formtastic guestiamicus closest to the expiration of said part rounded up to the closest prime number x pi.
    Wanted: WTB rollercams and brake bridges

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    146
    My Thompson seatpost is 12 years old, the only original component on my '02 Superlight.

  10. #10
    Delirious Tuck
    Reputation: thefriar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,328
    Also depends on discipline.

    DH and Freeride components will go fast...

    YMMV... I typically go with XT or greater level components

    Wear and Tear (i.e. replace at least once <3 years)

    Frame (although newer bikes >2012 seem to be lasting much longer, I used to break a frame <12mos from 90% of the time new from 07-12), Tires, Rims, spokes, Brake pads, Cassette, Rear D, Chainrings, rotors, Grips, Saddles, Time Pedals, and bars.

    Shoes and chamois.

    Both carbon and alu bars >3 years come off my bikes as a general rule.

    Durables:

    Frame (newer frames), Fork, Crankset, Hubs, BB if highend (CK), headset if highend (CK or CC40/110), Brakes levers and calipers, stems, seatposts (dropper and static), flat pedals.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    11,332
    If you ride in the winter the wear pattern is completely different...

    As I suspect if you ride in the southern deserts, or the wet northern coasts...completely different wear patterns.

  12. #12
    High Desert MTBer
    Reputation: rockerc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    4,872
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    If you ride in the winter the wear pattern is completely different...

    As I suspect if you ride in the southern deserts, or the wet northern coasts...completely different wear patterns.
    Yup...

    S. desert rocky chunk mainly here. I'll play... I have 2 bikes with similar capabilities because I don't like to miss rides thru breakdowns, waiting for parts etc. I ride them both about equal amounts, maybe 4 or 5 hours per week each. Built them both up from frames with high end spec stuff, but older components to save dough.

    Tires, maybe 3 months.
    BB: 1 year min.
    Pedals, flats always: Maybe 1 year til new pins at least.
    Frame: Gouges and scratches but so far all good after 4 years on each of them. No reason to suppose they shouldn't be good for at least another 4, even after bouncing down rocky hillsides every so often.
    RDs: Bits get 'tweaked quite often, usually have to replace pulley wheels after a year, otherwise it depends on my riding! I have 2 spares at home for parts when needed. Thanks ebay!
    DR Hangers: Every so often. They get bent often and I always carry spares.
    Front DR: Several years.
    Cables: Change every year usually.
    Chains: 3 months maybe
    Cassettes: 3 months maybe, usually change with chains
    Brake pads: 6 months maybe.
    Brakes/hardware: Bleed/clean every 6 months approx. Levers get damaged, but not often terminal.
    Forks/shock: Service every 6 months or maybe longer if I am not riding so much.
    Bars: No need to change unless they break. Not happened yet.
    Grips: Maybe a year.
    Saddles/posts: Many years. I am comfortable.
    Spokes: Break every so often in the rocks. I carry spares.
    Freewheel: Change nylon bushing every year or so, pawls every 18 months or so.
    Suspension bearings: Maybe every 2 years.

    Did I miss something?
    It's all Here. Now.

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: time229er's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    816
    ^^^^ wtf is "forumetical...?" ^^^^
    2014 Nail Trail 29er

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,162
    I've worn out a shifter to the point it had to be replaced.
    29er = Hybrid Bike.

    Ignore List: CannondaleF9, ShinDiggity, smilinsteve

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Fix the Spade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,430
    Seems like fun.
    Brake pads: variable, one set all summer, two or three sets over winter, one set a day racing.
    Chain: 6 months, stretch
    Tires: Highly variable
    Cables and housings: 2 years sounds about right.
    Cassette: 3 years and counting (change chains often)
    Bottom bracket: Buy a Hope one, 3 years and counting.
    Crankset: Until you crash too hard (six to eight months for chainrings)
    Headset: Forever (buy Hope!)
    Derailleurs: Until crash, jockey wheels six months to a year
    seat: Forever,
    Handle bar: Until crash
    Brakes: Until Hope stop making spares (approx ten years)
    Pedals (flat): 3 years body damage from ground strikes
    Fork: 2-3 years, crash damage/stress fatigue (lowers crack or stanchions become damaged in accident)
    stem: Never broken one
    Frame: 6months-6years, crash damage/fatigue, material irrelevant

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    173
    Shifters have been replaced in my stable more than once. I'd say 5 years if you ride regularly. My old XT's lasted about 5 years.
    The Truth will set you free.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    922

    Component Life span

    Tires depend greatly on the brand
    Cables a year or two
    Chain a year or two
    Saddle until it gets bent or torn enough to bug me sometimes 7 or 8 years, sometimes a couple of weeks
    Stem, bars and posts until I find something I like better.
    Drivetrain until a good crash or I upgrade. I run an old 7410 DuraAce on one bike that is close to 30 years old.
    Headset is an old king that is 25ish years old. May rebuild it in another 5 years or so
    Pedals, I tend to buy new pedals when I wear out the cleats. Why spend 25 on cleats when you can get XT pedals for 60 including cleats.

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    2,008
    I have 3 bikes so it spreads out the wear a bit, but my main bike which gets about half the total use goes something like this.

    Brake pads: 18 months FM: pad material wear
    Chain: 1 year, if I'm lucky FM: elongation due to bushing wear
    Tires: 2-3 years FM: Tread wear
    Cables and housings: 1-2 years FM: housing gunk
    Cassette: 3-4 years FM: cog wear
    Bottom bracket: damned if I know, mine won't wear or or die
    Crankset: See above, never broken one except the ones that Shimano recalled in the mid to late 90s
    Headset: Can't count that high, Chris King and Cane Creek 110 headsets will probably outlive me
    Derailleurs:10 years or so FM: pivots get too darn sloppy to hold a gear in the rough
    Seat: 4-5 years FM: crash damage
    Handlebar: 12 years was the longest I had one. Upgraded to a wider carbon bar.
    Brakes: I'm on year 15 of my M755 XT brakes, lever pivot's a bit sloppy but other than that they're good as new
    Pedals: I'm at 14 years I think on my Time ATAC Carbon Ti, still in daily use.
    Fork: 10-12 years FM: fatigue cracks in the steer tube & crown interface.
    Stem: Heck if I know, never broken one
    Shifters: 15 years or so FM: internals wear to the point where the ratchets don't catch & release properly

    Frame:
    Al: 5-6 years FM: breakage due to metal fatigue
    Steel: 15 year on average FM: crash damage

Similar Threads

  1. Carbon Fiber Life Span
    By beastmaster in forum XC Racing and Training
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10-31-2013, 10:28 AM
  2. The Life Span of a Powerlink
    By Dag Nabbit in forum Arizona
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-13-2012, 09:55 AM
  3. Maxxis Holy Roller Life Span?
    By 50calray in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-08-2012, 09:04 PM
  4. Fat Tire Life Span
    By JordyB in forum Fat Bikes
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-22-2012, 11:38 AM
  5. Disc Brake Life Span???
    By Unbrokenchain in forum Brake Time
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-26-2011, 09:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •